A YORK family had an extra pair of gifts to celebrate this Christmas – their second set of twins.
Emma and John Power’s home was packed to the rafters this year after the arrival of twin daughters Ruby and Jessica.
The odds of the couple having twins again naturally after sons Connor and Kyle, now six, were almost 200,000 to one.
Mrs Power a school kitchen assistant, said it had been a crazy build up to Christmas for her and her fishmonger husband with four children to look after.
“It has been very hectic trying to take all four of them to see Santa,” said the 25-year-old.
“I’m not sure if the girls really knew what was happening but it was brilliant just to see their reactions. Connor and Kyle loved it, of course.
“Because people always stop us to look at the twins and have a chat getting all of them out to see Santa took ages.”
Choosing presents for twins could also be tricky, she said.
“Last year I got the boys different things and they didn’t stop arguing so this time they are getting the same,” she said.
“It’s a bit early for the girls but I think they will probably be the same. You just have to make sure there is two of everything.”
The family also hosted Mrs Power’s parents in their two-bedroom home. She said she was over the moon they had come from Australia to share the festivities with them – and to give a helping hand.
“It’s so busy with two sets of twins so I’m glad my mum’s here as there would have been no decorations,” she said.
All the effort and expense had been worth it to have the “best Christmas ever”, she said.
But she added: “If I am being honest, the best present I could ask for is a rest.”
There is unlikely to be an extra set of stockings on the fireplace next year – the couple, of Tang Hall, say their family is now complete after the girls were born on September 19
“My doctor told me that if I wanted to get pregnant again there is a very good chance I will have triplets,” said Mrs Power.
“I’ve said no way to that. I have got everything I wanted, I wanted a little girl and I got two.”